In the next few weeks, I will post a series of blogs about Slander related to Freedom of Speech. I have to do this for a course in University in order to understand and go deeper into a topic of freedom of speech. To start with, I’m going to give you a little introduction to my topic. The umbrella term “defamation” includes both libel and slander. Defamation is a statement that may harm one’s status. If it is written down, it’s called “libel” whereas if its spoken its called “slander”. According to the Oxford Dictionary of English, the word “Slander” means : “The action or crime of making a false spoken statement to damaging to a person’s reputation”. From the earliest times, the concept of Slander and its punishment has been used to provide different purposes. The prohibition with no doubt constitutes the Ninth Commandment against bearing false witness against one’s neighbour, and is found in some form or another in almost every society. To emerge and or propagate lies about one’s neighbour is fundamentally and antisocial act, since it hits at the heart of the social compact by subverting trust and partnership. The basis of a back biting statement is that it is understood, or capable of being understood, as lowering the reputation of the person about whom the statement is made. As it is used in this area of the law, the word Reputation, means the esteem of a person’s character or worth in the eyes of the community.
Thank you very much for reading, comment if you have any questions and in there will be a new post about this topic coming soon… hope you come by and read it!